The Mission of the NSG Group is to be the global leader in innovative high performance glass and glazing solutions, contributing to energy conservation and generation, working safely and ethically. The Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glass and glazing systems in three business areas: Architectural; Automotive; and Technical Glass. Founded in 1918, NSG acquired the leading UK-based glass manufacturer Pilkington plc in June 2006. Today, the Company has combined sales of JPY 580.8 billion, with manufacturing operations around the world and sales in over 100 countries, employing some 27,000 people worldwide. We operate in three main sectors. Architectural supplies glass for architectural and Solar Energy applications. Automotive serves the original equipment, aftermarket replacement and specialized transport glazing markets. Technical Glass products include very thin glass for displays, lenses and light guides for printers, and glass fiber, used in battery separators and engine timing belts. We have major market shares in most building and automotive product markets of the world, with a broad geographic reach, enabling us to respond to customers whose operations, particularly in the case of Automotive OE, are increasingly global. Geographically, 38 per cent of the Group’s sales are in Europe, 25 per cent in Japan and 20 per cent in North America, with the remaining 17 per cent being generated mainly in South America, China and South East Asia.